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May 19, 2009

Rex Robinson

Rex Robinson kicks a 46-yard field goal against Notre Dame in the 1981 Sugar Bowl (Photo by Frank Fortune).

Former Georgia placekicker and 1979 and 1980 All-American Rex Robinson has started his own blog, Dawg-Leg Write. In less than two weeks blogging, Rex offers an interesting viewpoint and great insight in his posts.

Robinson was one of college football's first true, accurate placekickers. He made 67% of his field-goal attempts while at Georgia. During the same time (1977-1980), less than 56% of field goals were successfully made in all of college football. Robinson's first point-after as a Bulldog was missed (vs. Oregon in 1977), however, he responded to make 101 in a row thereafter to end his collegiate career--the second-longest consecutive PAT streak in NCAA history at the time. His 56 career field goals were also second best in college football history.

In his sophomore season of 1978, Robinson missed only two kicks all year: 29 of 29 PATs, 15 of 17 field goals. Both of his misses occurred in the first half against Kentucky--ironically, the game where Robinson kicked his most famous field goal--a 29-yard winner to defeat the Wildcats 17-16 on October 28 in Lexington. The game, one where the Bulldogs trailed 16-0 in the third quarter, witnessed both one of the greatest comebacks and kicks in Georgia football history. "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"

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